dialysis center nurses get less pay?

  1. Why is it that it seems that nurses that work at dialysis centers get less pay? Am I correct? If so, what is the usual pay rate for a LPN?
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  3. by   jnette
    Quote from shawnalj
    Why is it that it seems that nurses that work at dialysis centers get less pay? Am I correct? If so, what is the usual pay rate for a LPN?
    It has to do with the medicare reimbursements to the dialysis companies... the gov't does not reimburse as much to this facet of care as to others... therefore the dialysis facilities cannot pay their staff as much as other companies or hospitals, for example.

    The pay is just SOMEWHAT lower, not a great deal, but lower, nonetheless.

    As far as "average pay".. it would depend on what state and region you work in. The facilities usually go by the wage paid to other LPNs, RNs in the geographical region.. but just a tad lower.
  4. by   nurse dolly
    When I started out at a dialysis unit in 1996 I had no experience in anything except 6 months in nursing home (I was fresh out of LVN school) anyway I was paid 11.00 per hour and have been in dialysis every since and am now making 18.50 per hour I dont think I am under paid for the area I live in I am slightly making more than alot of LVN's I know due to the fact that I am now considered in a specialty field.
  5. by   BSNgrad2004
    i just got interviewed for a position as a dialysis patient care tech. the pay range is from 11-14 an hr, but with nursing school experience, i may start at 12.50. they start RN's somewhere between 24-28. i think that is considerably good.
  6. by   jnette
    Quote from BSNgrad2004
    i just got interviewed for a position as a dialysis patient care tech. the pay range is from 11-14 an hr, but with nursing school experience, i may start at 12.50. they start RN's somewhere between 24-28. i think that is considerably good.

    What part of the country are you IN ???????????

    PCTs here (southwest Virginia) start around $7.50.... RNs (new grads) start at about 15.00 - $16.00.
  7. by   dphrn
    When I arrived in Virginia seven months ago, I interviewed at an outpatient dialysis clinic for $26.00 an hour. Not too bad for this area. I don't know what the LPN's wages were though.
  8. by   jnette
    Quote from dphrn
    When I arrived in Virginia seven months ago, I interviewed at an outpatient dialysis clinic for $26.00 an hour. Not too bad for this area. I don't know what the LPN's wages were though.
    You must be in northern or eastern Va. The farther south you go, the lower the wages.. for nurses in ANY field.

    LPNs where I live start around $9-10.00/hr. The LPNs I work with (and have been there about ten years) make somewhere around $13.00/hr.
  9. by   dphrn
    Hi jnette,

    This was in Prince William County. It was for an RN position not an LPN position. When I did my interview process here, I noticed a very wide range for RN's. Anywhere from $17 to $26 dollars an hour for non-hospital jobs. Remember, no hospitals for me this move! I ended up in an outpatient chemotherapy infusion clinic for more than $26 an hour...and I love it!

    Smiles just for you! :wink2:
  10. by   BSNgrad2004
    it was a dialysis clinic in southern maryland
  11. by   jnette
    Wow......... this is certainly a very economically depressed area I live in.

    dphrn, your job sounds fascinating... very happy for you !
  12. by   Tweety
    I also think that the better the working hours, and the working conditions, then the lower the pay because the demand for those jobs is higher. Some of the clinics offer sweet working hours, and not a lot of the "stuff" of working on the floors in a hospital.
  13. by   Gibbie
    I live in Wisconsin. Just curious what other dialysis clinics in Wisconsin are paying their RNs. We have a chronic and acute program. There are 3 rns responsible for both programs. What company to you also work for. Thanks for your input.
  14. by   jnette
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    I also think that the better the working hours, and the working conditions, then the lower the pay because the demand for those jobs is higher. Some of the clinics offer sweet working hours, and not a lot of the "stuff" of working on the floors in a hospital.
    Hey ! Excuse me ? How "sweet" is having to get up at 0300 to be at work at 0400 ??? :stone

    And run, run, run... nonstop the entire 12 hours? And carrying those 25-30# jugs of acid and bicarb back and forth to the machines... and trying to take four ppl off at the end of their tx. (often nearly simultaneously), tear down, clean, and set up once again all four of your machines while your next set of four patients are mumbling about how they'd like to get on so they can get home before Christmas...all the while having to keep eyes and ears open for those whose BPs might be bottoming out, hgaving to stop and place them in trendelenburg in these chairs that nearly break your back doing so... those that are beginning to cramp, or have lost grip on their access puncture site while holding and are spraying blood all over you, the walls, the floor......... hmph !!!

    No, make no mistake... dialysis is extremely stressfull, fast paced, and nonstop. It IS one the most underpaid forms of nursing, considering what all is involved physically, mentally, and emotionally.

    And YET................ I just LOVE it !!!

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